New program leader looks forward to program expansion

Samaritan Place has a new program leader, and she is already jumping into making Samaritan Place and welcoming home for more seniors in crisis.

Mandy McKay took over as program leader of Samaritan Place in July. A Knoxville native, Ms. McKay has a background in working in case management and property management. She said that working with seniors and helping them into housing is rewarding.

“Everyone here is incredibly friendly and welcoming,” she said. “Every one of them is unique and they make sure to come speak to me every day. It’s really invaluable to be here and to witness their journey into housing.”

Samaritan Place provides shelter and support for seniors in crisis, including short-term shelter and transitional housing services. The program’s goal is to help each client live in the most independent environment possible that still ensures their safety.

There are currently about 30 clients living at Samaritan Place. A new expansion is slated to open Nov. 1, allowing the program to accept more clients.

“That’s great, because we have a waiting list, and we always have organizations referring senior citizens to us, so we hope this will really help the homeless community,” Ms. McKay said.

“We definitely want to expand even further,” she said. “We want to make sure we’re at full capacity.”

Ms. McKay hopes Samaritan Place continues to grow so that it can help as many homeless seniors as possible transition into safe housing.

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